Rush hour

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.wikipedia
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Traffic congestion

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.
Economist Anthony Downs argues that rush hour traffic congestion is inevitable because of the benefits of having a relatively standard work day.

Road pricing

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Transport demand management, such as road pricing or a congestion charge, is designed to induce people to alter their travel timing to minimize congestion.
These charges may be used primarily for revenue generation, usually for road infrastructure financing, or as a transportation demand management tool to reduce peak hour travel and the associated traffic congestion or other social and environmental negative externalities associated with road travel such as air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, visual intrusion, noise and road traffic collisions.

Commuting

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Normally, this happens twice every weekday; once in the morning and once in the afternoon or evening, the times during which the most people commute.
Most commuters travel at the same time of day, resulting in the morning and evening rush hours, with congestion on roads and public transport systems not designed or maintained well enough to cope with the peak demands.

Kwinana Freeway

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In Perth, Mitchell Freeway, Kwinana Freeway and various arterial roads are usually congested between peak hours, making movement between suburbs and the city quite slow.
, the Kwinana Freeway is one of the most congested commuter routes in Perth, during peak traffic periods.

Commuter rail

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But it is still common on major lines in Tokyo for more than 3,000 passengers to be packed in a 10-car train, and about 100,000 passengers to be transported per hour (usually, the maximum capacity of double-track commuter rail in Japan is 10-car trains at two-minute intervals).
In the United States, commuter rail often refers to services that operate a higher frequency during peak periods and a lower frequency off-peak.

Traffic

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The term is very broad, but often refers specifically to private automobile transportation traffic, even when there is a large volume of cars on a road but not many people, or if the volume is normal but there is some disruption of speed.
This phenomenon is called rush hour or peak hour, although the period of high traffic intensity often exceeds one hour.

Deerfoot Trail

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The overwhelming traffic causes significant delays on freeways and commuter routes, most notably being Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton, where the province has committed to widening, and Deerfoot Trail in Calgary.
Well known for its frequent rush hour congestion and collisions, traffic levels have steadily increased as Calgary's population has tripled to over 1.2 million since 1971.

Public transport

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.
Often, more frequent services or even extra routes are operated during the morning and evening rush hours.

Light rail

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Since most people who drive to work or on business trips do so alone, studies show that the average car occupancy on many roads carrying commuters is only about 1.5 people per car during the high-demand rush hour periods of the day.

Mitchell Freeway

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In Perth, Mitchell Freeway, Kwinana Freeway and various arterial roads are usually congested between peak hours, making movement between suburbs and the city quite slow.
The new road carried up to 1400 vehicles per hour during peak hours.

Ramp meter

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Several states use ramp meters to regulate traffic entering freeways during rush hour.
Meters often only operate in rush hour periods.

Tyne and Wear Metro

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There is a similar system on Transport (Bus and Tyne and Wear Metro) in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
Additional trains ran on these lines during peak hours to increase the frequency at the busier stations.

Montreal

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Montreal, however, has rush hour times from 6:30–8:30 am and 3:30–5 pm.
Many of these Autoroutes are frequently congested at rush hour.

Beijing Subway

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For example, 96 subway stations in the Beijing Subway have entry restrictions at some point of the day.
With new lines drawing more riders to the network, the subway has experienced severe overcrowding, especially during the rush hour.

Shoulder (road)

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In others, such as the Massachusetts portion of I-93, travel is permitted in the breakdown lane during this time.
On specially signed sections of highway in the Boston metro area, cars are allowed to use the shoulder as they would a normal lane during morning and evening rush hours.

High-occupancy vehicle lane

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In some states, freeways have designated lanes that become HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle, aka car-pooling) only during rush hours, while open to all vehicles at other times.
These restrictions may be only imposed during peak travel times or may apply at all times.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

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Transit agencies – such as Metro North serving New York City, WMATA serving Washington, D.C., and BART serving San Francisco – often charge riders a higher "peak fare" for travel during the morning and evening rush hour.
The paper ticket technology is identical to the Washington Metro's former paper fare card, though the BART system does not charge higher fares during rush hour.

Docklands Light Railway

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This is an attempt to encourage commuters' travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, buses, and trams outside of the crowded weekday morning peak.
On 22 April 1991, two trains collided at a junction on the bridge during morning rush hour, requiring a shutdown of the system and evacuation of passengers by ladder.

Interstate Highway System

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The city of Philadelphia is known for its very dangerous Schuylkill Expressway, much of which predates the 1956 introduction of the Interstate Highway System.
With few exceptions, traffic lights (and cross traffic in general) are limited to toll booths and ramp meters (metered flow control for lane merging during rush hour).

Road space rationing

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Then mayor Enrique Peñalosa, introduced in Bogotá, Colombia in 1998 a driving restriction program, "Pico y placa" (literally in Spanish: "peak and license plate") to reduce traffic congestion during rush hours.

New York City

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Transit agencies – such as Metro North serving New York City, WMATA serving Washington, D.C., and BART serving San Francisco – often charge riders a higher "peak fare" for travel during the morning and evening rush hour.
Because these highways serve millions of outer borough and suburban residents who commute into Manhattan, it is quite common for motorists to be stranded for hours in traffic jams that are a daily occurrence, particularly during rush hour.

Interstate 93

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In others, such as the Massachusetts portion of I-93, travel is permitted in the breakdown lane during this time.
A section of the Expressway, beginning south of the Savin Hill overpass and ending just before the Braintree Split utilizes a zipper lane, in which a movable barrier carves out a reversible high occupancy vehicle lane on the non-peak side of the highway during rush hour.

American English

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.

British English

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.

Australian English

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A rush hour (American English, British English) or peak hour (Australian English) is a part of the day during which traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transport is at its highest.